7-Year-Old-Girl Pleads for Answers in Father's Murder


by Elizabeth Fay

MILWAUKEE --Family and friends of a 28-year-old slain father canvass the South Side of Milwaukee with hopes of stirring up new leads in his unsolved murder. April of last year, Justin "JJ" Kohen was stabbed in the 2200 block of 16th street after leaving his home. His killers were never caught.

The Kohen family, some family members flew in from Florida, knocked on doors asking anyone for information. "Have you seen anything that happened to JJ Kohen, Justin Jacob Kohen, from his murder?" asks Jalina Kohen, 7.

Jalina and her two-year-old brother, Julius, are now fatherless. "Daddy was a very special man. He was a very special person to me and all my family that is here today."

It's believed two men stabbed and robbed Kohen. The only description for any possible person involved is for a male about 5'6'' with a thin build and possibly a teardrop tattoo by his right eye. Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West Romo helped coordinate Saturday's search for information.

"I don't think that people obviously feel safe when they know there are two individuals out there that are capable of attacking someone and leaving them for dead in an alley," she says.

Catching the killers could restore a sense of security for neighbors and crack a case that's filling a family with grief.

" Wouldn't you want there to be a resolution? Wouldn't you want somebody to come forward with the information necessary to solve the case," says Kohen's father Rick Kohen.

The Kohen Family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. If you have any tips, you can report them anonymously to police by calling (414) 935-7360.




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